‘Healthy Individuals and Healthy Workplaces’: Enhancing psychological health in the workplace

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This research, led by Dr Matthew Slater, focusses on enhancing individual and workplace psychological health. Psychological stress is a leading public health problem that can affect all individuals to varying degrees and can lead to severe disease and chronic conditions.

This impact case study is underpinned by multidisciplinary research on psychological health. We focus on three cross-cutting areas: (1) Challenge Responses to Stress; (2) Leadership and Belonging Development; and (3) Rational Emotive Behaviour Coaching (REBC).


In line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Three (‘Good Health and Wellbeing’), under our theme of ‘Healthy Individuals and Healthy Workplaces’, our research impact is evidenced in four key areas:

  1. Improvements in psychological health. More than 900 people across 7 workplaces in the emergency services, the military, international sport, and business settings have benefited from our research.
  2. Development of a new Psychological Health Policy at Stoke City Football Club (SCFC).
  3. Changes to Royal Air Force Psychological Health Policy.
  4. Informed the creation of 6 new roles focussed on psychological health situated within SCFC (headcount: 3; full-time equivalent (FTE): 3), Hampshire Constabulary (headcount: 1; FTE: 1), and Impact International (headcount: 2; FTE: 2).
Healthy Individuals and Healthy Workplaces: Enhancing psychological health in the workplace  

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